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Characteristics of Effective Learning will remain statutory, DfE confirms

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Friday, 31 August, 2018

We are delighted to have had clarification from DfE on one issue raised in our commentary on the draft EYFS Statutory Framework being used in the pilot of the revised Early Learning Goals.  One of the concerns we raised was that the draft wording made the Characteristics of Early Learning non-statutory.  DfE have now clarified that:

"There has been, and will be, no change to the statutory status of the CoEL."

We will work with them to ensure the revised wording clearly reflects that position.  We have revised our commentary to reflect this.